During the rainy period, from December to June, the plateau surrounding the Ngorongoro volcanic crater in the Serengeti is covered with lush vegetation and herds of animals. The most striking of these animals are the wildebeest (aka gnu antelopes). At over one million strong, they are much more numerous than the other hoofed animals.

After the last rainstorm, the plain rapidly changes into a dry and hostile wasteland. The wildebeest migrate, following the escaping rain. At a certain point during the migration, the herd must swim across its largest obstacle – the Mara River. Here, hordes of hungry crocodiles wait anxiously for their prey. The wildebeest seem to know this and are more reluctant to enter the water, yet they cannot abandon their march.

Polish photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty is one of the lucky few who has experienced the wildebeests' epic journey across Serengeti's treacherous Mara River. In fact, he's captured these magnificent black and white shots of the phenomenon. Gudzowaty is the winner of several prestigious photography contests, including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year and NPPA Best of Photojournalism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomasz Gudzowaty's website

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Comment by Candice James on August 16, 2011 at 14:54
Powerful images
Comment by Strato Copteros on August 16, 2011 at 15:54
Wow! The lonesome Zebra amidst the Wildebeest throng in the last shot is exquisite!
Comment by Socratis Avgitidis on August 16, 2011 at 15:58
never noticed the zebra until now. Good Spot!
Comment by Dimitri Martinis on August 16, 2011 at 16:51
how many widebeest can you count? Easy: count all the legs and divide by four, or if maths is not your string point, count the horns and divide by two:-) oh then add VAT
Comment by Socratis Avgitidis on August 16, 2011 at 17:05
:)
Comment by Louise Brauteseth on August 16, 2011 at 18:07
Brilliant, heartbreaking for that lonely zebra.
Comment by Shaamila Cassim on August 17, 2011 at 10:37

Bloody hell!! Awesome!!

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